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Entrepreneurship reporter Kyle Geary curates a reading list about things related to entrepreneurship and business every week.
1. Space Apps Challenge returns to Kansas City — Silicon Prairie News
The NASA Space Apps Challenge kicked off on Friday at Ingenology in Kansas City. The global contest is part of the Open Government Initiative which puts developers, programmers and more in teams to create applications based on NASA’s data and research. Last year, a Kansas City–based team won the award for “best use of data” when it created the first interplanetary weather application.
2. Disclosed report shows Smith Electric Vehicles has suspended production — Kansas City Star
A recent report disclosed from the last quarter of 2013 shows that, due to a lack of funding, Smith Electric Vehicles has suspended production. Despite this, the auto manufacturer has agreed to finish a project that will put 510 of its vehicles across the country. According to the Kansas City Star, the Department of Energy has said that it will continue to “work with Smith Electric on the path forward for the remaining vehicle production.”
3. Advertising agents gather to discuss the future at the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City — Kansas City Business Journal
Advertising agents from around the Kansas City area gathered to speak on a panel at the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City. The panelists, comprised of senior executives from Barkley, VML, Intouch Solutions Inc, Plattform and Bernstein-Rein, spoke at the “The Future of Advertising from the People Who Live There” event. The panelists issued advice and speculated what the future would look like for the industry.
4. A startup pre-accelerator comes to Kansas City — Silicon Prairie News
A startup pre-accelerator has opened up in Kansas City. NEXT is a month-long, mentor-led program for early stage startups. NEXT’s purpose is to give entrepreneurs an advantage going into accelerators after completing the course. Select startups will be given the opportunity to attend a global demo day event in New York City.
5. Mentorship proves a great asset for mobile health startups — The Hale Center For Journalism
At the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City, mentorship turns success statistics on its head— at least that’s what the Techstars project manager at the Sprint Accelerator believes. Speaking to Caitlin Cress from The Hale Center For Journalism, Alisha Templeton said “Overall stats show that 9-in-10 startups fail, but (through) Techstars… actually the results are the opposite.” Startups currently in the Sprint Accelerator receive constant mentorship during the intensive three-month program.